Thursday, October 14, 2010

Monarchy Profile: The United Arab Emirates

Name: The United Arab Emirates
Reigning Monarch: His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Reigning Family: House of Al-Falasi
Status: The UAE consists of the Persian Gulf monarchies of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai Umm al-Quwain and Ras al-Khaimah. Abu Dhabi is the capital and second largest city. The area was formerly known as the Trucial States or Trucial Oman they were formerly a protectorate of the British Empire. The UAE is a constitutional monarchy in which the presidency is held by the Emir of Abu Dhabi and the post of prime minister by the Emir of Dubai. All of the individual emirates are absolute monarchies and all powers not specifically ceded to the national government are retained by the member states. Although in the past the area was relatively poor, subsisting by a combination of fishing and piracy, the discovery of oil and natural gas resources led to an immense leap in the standard of living and immense wealth for the ruling families of the emirates. Islam is the official state religion but there is tolerance of other religions and Islamic courts handle cases only dealing with family and religious issues pertaining to their own adherents.


  1. Islam is the official state religion but there is tolerance of other religions

    Are there any synagogues in the UAE? Is the Jewish community there well treated?

  2. If they will allow a Hindu temple I don't know why a synagogue would be forbidden. But then I have no idea why an observant Jew would want to live or work in the UAE in the first place. By the same token I don't know why many observant Muslims want to live and work in some of the places they do either.

  3. The idea that Muslims are intoplerant of all other Religions and would subjugate them is a bit of a misconcepotion. Historiclaly Synagouges and Churches have both been built in Muslim controled Nations, IE, the ottoman Empire. The UAE follows this more Traditional course, as does Jordon, which has a rather signifigant Orthodox Christian preasence, and does indeed have a few Synagouges.

    Not all Muslims follow a course of Religious discrimination.

  4. I was being facetious. There is no Jewish community as such in the Emirates because "tolerance" for other religious in Islam is not what we understand the term to mean.

  5. There is a jewish community in neighboring Bahrain, which is a gulf arab monarchy and it is tolerated.

    UAE has more of a racial problem than a religous one, about arab sheikhs abusing pakistani/indian muslim migrant workers.


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